YouTube continues to be a game-changer. Flash back to 2006 during the first time I used it, attempting to find long-forgotten videos of Australian comedy shows—in that old-school VHS quality.
Now, the beast that is YouTube has become one of the most popular websites—along with morphing into one of the most profitable marketing platforms on the Internet. Not to mention its status as a unique search engine.
With marketing comes SEO, and with SEO comes an extensive library of both effective and ineffective tools that could be used for the job.
In this write-up, I’ll be highlighting which tools you should use for your YouTube marketing campaign—along with some techniques on how best to use them.
Behind the scenes
The big boys at Google might own YouTube, but that doesn’t mean that the same SEO techniques you’d use for Google apply here as well. The long and short of it is that the principles remain the same i.e. authority, trust, audience engagement, etc. but you’re going to be tackling them in a little differently.
Now I’ll touch on some of the main factors of YouTube SEO, in order to have a better idea of what you’ll be working with.
- Authority and Trust — your channel’s title, age, description, subscriber count, overall channel ranking.
- Reactions and Sharing — the retention rate of your audience, view count on videos, video feedback such as the thumbs-up and down, amount of external video shares.
- Keywords and Relevancy — effective use of keywords in the title and description of videos, avoiding keyword stuffing.
Bottom line is that you’ll want a big spoonful of each of these factors, in order to have success with YouTube SEO.
With this in mind, let’s dive into the first keyword tool.
Reveal the latest topics, understand the demographics and search volume behind each keyword, and get ideas for your future video content.
If you’re familiar with Google’s suite of keyword tools, you’ll know exactly what Trends is good for. You’ll research the market to find the current hot topics, dig deep to uncover upcoming YouTube trends or just be amazed at the mass of search statistics that Google will provide about any keyword.
The best way to approach Google Trends, will be for you to search in your region for both your niche keywords and the most popular in the field.
Straight from the horse’s mouth couldn’t be applied more in this case. While Trends is a small keyword tool and it won’t do everything for YouTube SEO, at least you’ll know that the information it provides is solid as a rock.
Google Analytics is a free tool available to all who have a Google Account.
If you’re not keen on using Google services, Keyword Tool is a third-party tool that can be used to research the same information provided by Trends, without the hassle of signing in.
Get insight into your keywords, research potential alternatives to them, and receive Google fortune-telling about the keyword’s future.
Another keyword tool pulled from Google’s top drawer, Google Keyword Planner allows limitless research for you to nail down the perfect keywords to use.
This free as in free beer tool has two main modes, Keyword Discovery and Search Volume and Forecasts. The latter providing a wealth of information on historical search metrics for your keywords, also useful for understanding popularity on YouTube—along with predictions on how they could perform in the future. Depending on the topic, searches on YouTube and Google will often be similar, in which case Keyword Planner is perfect for knowing what’s good and what’s not on YouTube.
Consider the content you’ll be enriching YouTube with, pick out the most effective keywords that you can think of and paste them into Keyword Planner. From this rudimentary research on everyone’s favorite bird, Google has dug up an impressive list of 150 keyword suggestions that I could use for my next YouTube video.
Like Trends, Keyword Planner is free keyword tool for all who have a Google account.
All things viewer behavior, identify highest ranking and lowest performers to improve SEO strategy.
Before I start sounding like a broken record, we’ve got another from Google in YouTube Analytics. This keyword tool for YouTube is used for analyzing your current stock of YouTube videos and figuring out which ones have been the most successful, giving ideas for the future.
YouTube Analytics provides the most in-depth statistics on your videos, seeing as they are hosting them. Having a closer look metrics like;
- Watch time and impressions of videos
- Viewer and search demographic volume
- Video keywords
- Search traffic sources and devices
- Video translations
Will keep you in touch with your audience’s wants and desires, crucial for expanding your YouTube presence.
All you’ll need for YouTube Analytics is a Google account and you’ll be right to go.
Like all other software on the market, Tubics alleges to be the number one YouTube SEO keyword tool. While I can’t vouch for the claim, this YouTube Analytics alternative has some stand-out features, like ‘Search Engine Preview’, rendering how your video’s thumbnail, video title, and video description will be displayed on Google and YouTube.
Researching hot content all over social media, tracking mentions of your YouTube videos or keywords, and uncover viewer sentiment.
Now for something a little different. Awario is a tool that focuses on an area often overlooked by those on YouTube, mainly because Google’s free tools don’t cover this realm. That is, where and how your videos are being mentioned outside of YouTube. Be it Reddit, Instagram or Facebook—Awario keeps a close eye on the platforms to deliver this information to you.
All that’s needed is to enter the URL of your YouTube video, and Awario will notify you each time it’s mentioned on any of the biggest social media platforms.
Unique to Awario, Boolean Search allows you to narrow the keyword search right down using Boolean commands, special for those who want to dig deep on YouTube.
Perks: Configurable platform searching, keyword Boolean searching and research market insights from all corners of the web
Awario’s features can be evaluated for a period of 14 days, giving insight into many YouTube metrics and keyword stats not available in other tools. After the trial, Awario offers a variety of affordable subscription plans for you to utilize and improve your YouTube SEO.
See keywords that YouTube recommends in real-time, understand the relative difficulty of competing with particular keywords amongst different videos.
The most rudimentary way of finding the right keywords for your YouTube SEO campaign is to make use of YouTube’s algorithm and what AutoComplete spits out.
While SEO PowerSuite’s Rank Tracker software is normally used for SERP-type SEO, it also allows you to scrape YouTube’s suggestions for the most popular search terms and videos. Not only that, Rank Tracker gives you stats on video search volume and ‘Keyword Difficulty’, a metric used to indicate how much competition you’ll likely face with that keyword, almost like YouTube keyword planner.
Rank Tracker’s extensive suite of tools can be tested without time limitations or credit card details, targeting those who are just getting started with YouTube SEO. For project saving, exporting, and unlimited collection of search data, consider grabbing a license right here.
An alternative tool for the job, Kparser’s ‘Advanced Mode’ can be used to extract even the longest of long-tail keywords—from not only YouTube’s AutoComplete, but from a variety of other platforms as well. Configurable to include different numbers, characters, and prepositions, Kparser might just give you that winning keyword for your next video.
Research the most effective keywords and tags for your YouTube videos.
If you’ve gotta pop some tags but you’ve only got $ 20 in your pocket, Rapidtags has your back.
Enter the title of your YouTube video and Rapidtags generates the best tags for YouTube’s algorithm to better understand your video’s content.
Say you’ve uploaded a YouTube video that’s turned up a few noses, it can easily be demonetized.
One way to avoid this is by using tags and keywords that don’t fully give away the content of your video. For example, ‘Donald Duck’ instead of the more controversial closely related name. This YouTube keyword tool lets you check if you’re going to get slapped with demonetization, and gives solid advice on how you can avoid it.
While the free version of Rapidtags offers a laundry list of features, the pro option includes extras like the Upload Planner which highlights the best time of day to upload your videos on YouTube for best ranking. Find out more about the plans here.
To cut a long story short, BetterWayToWeb is another YouTube keyword tool that does all the research and gives you quality tags, right after you submit keywords or a YouTube video URL. If you’re a stickler for time-saving, give this tool a try instead.
Thus ends this quick summary of YouTube SEO tools. SEO on YouTube is a field that many aren’t utilizing to its full potential and surely missing out on the rewards. Don’t get left behind wearing socks and sandals, make use of the new tech and see your channel grow like a big sunflower on a warm, sunny morning.